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Out of This World Keto Balsamic Chicken Skillet

By Bree

Making a keto chicken skillet is ridiculously easy, you don’t need fancy skills at all! Here’s how I make a balsamic chicken skillet that’s perfect for a busy weeknight meal or if you’re just looking for something comforting.

Out of This World Keto Balsamic Chicken Skillet

How to Make Homemade Balsamic Keto Chicken Skillet

  • Season the chicken. I like to use salt and pepper for this step.
  • Cook the chicken. About 4 minutes on each side is good enough to half cook it. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Using the same skillet, saute the onion, garlic, butter and thyme. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer. Add the chicken back and simmer with the lid on for about 20 to 30 minutes. The chicken should be cooked through and the sauce slightly reduced.
  • Season the broth. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with some fresh thyme on top.

Keto Balsamic Chicken Skillet

Keto Balsamic Chicken Skillet

Can You Use Chicken Thighs with This Recipe Instead?

Absolutely! I know there are a fair few of you out there who prefer chicken thighs over chicken breasts. You can substitute the boneless chicken breasts in this recipe for boneless chicken thighs if you would prefer a fattier cut.

Or, you could even try this with other proteins such as:

  • Turkey
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Lamb

Keto Balsamic Chicken Skillet

Can You Freeze This Balsamic Chicken Skillet?

Yes, you can freeze this recipe and save it for later. You would, of course, not freeze it in the skillet itself and instead transfer it to a freezer-safe container.

I would try to extract some of the sauce and store that separately, so that when you reheat it, you can pour the sauce over the top and keep it as moist as possible.

Keto Balsamic Chicken Skillet

Do You Really Need A Skillet for This Recipe?

I love my skillet for many reasons, but for this particular recipe, it’s particularly useful because it’s deeper than my average frying pan. The deeper pan allows me to add in more liquids, which in this case, are the chicken broth and balsamic vinegar.

However, if you have a regular frying pan that would be able to handle the volume of this recipe, feel free to use that instead! Since we won’t be putting the whole skillet in the oven anyway, it won’t make a difference if you use a regular pan instead.


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Keto Balsamic Chicken Skillet

Out of This World Keto Balsamic Chicken Skillet

  • Author: Bree -
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Season the chicken with salt and black pepper. 
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  3. Add the chicken and cook for 4 minutes per side. 
  4. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set side. 
  5. In the same skillet add the onion, garlic, butter and dried thyme. 
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. 
  7. Add the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth. 
  8. Stir to combine. 
  9. Bring to a boil over medium heat. 
  10. Reduce the heat. 
  11. Return the chicken to the skillet. 
  12. Cover with a lid and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is reduced to your liking.
  13. Add more salt or black pepper, if needed. 
  14. Sprinkle with fresh thyme(if using). 
  15. Serve with cauliflower mash.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 178
  • Carbohydrates: 6.5g
  • Fat: 13.6g
  • Sugar: 4.2g
  • Protein: 7.2g
  • Fiber: .4g

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5 Keto-Approved Cauliflower Dishes to Serve with Your Chicken Skillet

  • Keto Mashed Cauliflower – This is my go-to side dish for my skillet recipes, and you’ll see why: it’s creamy, it’s buttery and it pairs well with anything.
  • Garlic Roasted Cauliflower – Jazz up your cauliflower florets with this simple but tasty garlic roasted cauliflower that you can pair with pretty much any entree.
  • Keto Cauliflower Rice – When I want to change up the vibe of a dish, I serve it with cauliflower rice instead. This recipe really brings out the rice texture of the cauliflower.
  • Keto Cauliflower Casserole – For those who want to pair the chicken skillet with something a little heavier, this cauliflower casserole is already a meal on its own.
  • Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese – As far as side dishes go, you can’t really go wrong with a rendition of mac and cheese, and in this case, a keto-friendly version of mac and cheese!

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